False McAdvertising?

Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb has declined to comment since being benched. And the Washington Post reported that his agent, Fletcher N. Smith, texted that he and McNabb haven't sat down for a heart-to-heart about the future.

The Redskins' marketers, however, seem to be charging ahead in blissful ignorance. On the day that the toy Kyle Shanahan never wanted was relegated to third string for the rest of the season - a move that virtually guarantees McNabb will be returning that $3.5 million signing bonus and moving on - some Skins fans found a come-on in their in their mailbox:

"CONGRATULATIONS! Your name has made it to the top of the waitlist. . . . The Redskins want YOU to join Head Coach Mike Shanahan and Quarterback Donovan McNabb for the 2011 season."

To further titillate suckers, the tickets pictured in the letter have an image of Clinton Portis on them. Any guesses on where he'll be carrying the ball in 2011?

Ye shall not receive

Another Bird that flew the coop continues to fascinate. Not long after calling out his owner, coaches, and teammates, Bengals receiver Terrell Owens will finish the season on the injured list. He suffered a knee injury against the Saints two weeks ago, aggravated it Sunday against the Browns, and had surgery Monday. Ironically, the Bengals were ready to deactivate Owens for the remainder of the season, according to Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk.com.

But Owens, an impending free agent, went full Douglas MacArthur: "I'll be back," T.O. said. "It's just a matter of time. Trust me, I'll be back."

Where T.O. goes next is the big question. What sane owner would sign an aging receiver who has had issues with every club he has ever played on over the last 14 years? Sunday's game just may have been his very last.

The snowball effect

The Jets' Shaun Ellis is being sued for a snowball he threw two years ago.

According to several reports, Ellis unloaded on a Seahawks fan after a 13-3 loss in 2008.

Robert Larson claims that he suffered physical injury, humiliation, mental distress, and pain and wage loss.

A video posted online appears to show Seattle fans throwing snowballs at Jets players as they walk into the tunnel. Ellis appears to pick up a chunk of snow about the size of a Christmas goose and heave it into the front row.

Steel curtains

Pittsburgh's problems with NFL officials continue - on both sides of the ball.

Receiver Mike Wallace said the Jets defense, which gave up 264 passing yards in Sunday's 22-17 victory over the Steelers, was doing plenty to slow Pittsburgh's receivers.

"I got held every single play, but hey, you've got to keep playing ball," said Wallace, who had 102 yards on seven catches but wasn't targeted in the end zone on the Steelers' final two plays.

"Sometimes guys get beat and they're going to hold you. I'm not a referee, I can't call the calls myself, but if we played 70 plays, I got held 65 of them."

Steelers defenders, who have been the NFL's poster children for illegal hits, got flagged for another one on Sunday. Safety Ryan Clark was penalized for a helmet-to-helmet hit on receiver Braylon Edwards in the third quarter, even though it appeared as though Clark hit Edwards in the chest. Four plays later, the Jets scored a touchdown.

Clark sounded resigned: "I'm not going to change. . . . If [the NFL] has to fly me up and give me a tutorial on how to tackle, maybe they'll have to."

Contact staff writer Steve Elliott at elliott@phillynews.com.

This article contains information from the Associated Press.